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UAAP 82: Fighting Maroons eye outright finals berth

vs Growling Tigers

ABS-CBN News

University of the Philippines

tries to return to the UAAP

men's basketball title series when it

takes on University of Santo Tomas

in their Season 82 stepladder semifinal

at

Araneta

Coliseum

on Sunday.

Tip-off is

at 4 p.m.

A s

the No. 2

seed, the

Fighting

Maro ons

n e e d

to beat

the Growling Tigers just once

to arrange a finals duel with defending

champion Ateneo.

But against UST, UP has struggled

to come away with a win.

Coach Bo Perasol and his

crew finished the elimination

round with a 9-5 record, but

they lost both games to UST.

The Growling Tigers

routed UP 85-69 in the first

round, and were again winners,

84-78, in their rematch.

For UST coach Aldin Ayo, however,

his team's success against the

Fighting Maroons won't have any

bearing from this point onward.

"Some of you will say that

we are 2-0 against UP, but they are a

different team right now," Ayo said.

"'Yung mga nangyari doon sa

elimination, it won't matter anymore

because they're a different team."

This will be the third time

the two schools will face each other

this season, but the first time

both of them are in full strength.

Kobe Paras was out in the

initial meeting because he was rehabilitating

a sprained ankle at the

time, while Rhenz Abando was

benched

in the

October

game.

While

UP is

c o m -

ing off a

10-day

b r e a k ,

t h e

Growling

Tigers are only 4 days removed

from a strong performance

against Far Eastern University,

a game in which they started off

hot, cooled down, before developing

nerves of steel to down the

third-seeded Tamaraws 81-71.

The result paved the

way for UST to advance.

UP, meanwhile, hopes the

extended layoff helps the Season

81 runners-up to figure out

how to solve the Growling Tigers.

The Fighting Maroons' last

game wasn't pretty, an 86-64 loss

to Ateneo that gave the Blue Eagles

a 14-0 finish to the preliminaries.

Perasol searches for positives

after another massive loss to Ateneo

"Well, I don't want to make excuses

about it. The point is, we really

got outplayed," Perasol said.

"Ateneo kasi is a cut above the

rest. We cannot compare ourselves

with them as of right now."

UST will rely on league MVP

Soulemane Chabi Yo and Rookie

of the Year Mark Nonoy,

along with a feisty group that

includes Abando, CJ Cansino,

Brent Paraiso and Renzo Subido.

Meanwhile, UP boasts a

star-studded roster that includes

Paras, Ricci Rivero, Juan Gomez

di Liaño and Bright Akhuetie.

"We have to honor our position

(as the No. 2 seed) by preparing

really hard," Perasol said.

"Because, while it is true na nandyan

kami sa position na yan, it's not a sure

thing that we're going to the finals."

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Huge Hong Kong rally after student dies and lawmakers

arrested

People pay tribute with flowers to Chow Tsz-lok,

22, a university student who fell during protests at

the weekend and died early on Friday morning, at

the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,

in Hong Kong, China

November 8, 2019.

Tyrone Siu, Reuters

HONG KONG - Tens

of thousands of Hong

Kongers packed

into a park Saturday

night to mourn

a student who died

during recent clashes

as police arrested

a group of pro-democracy

lawmakers,

deepening the

city's political crisis.

The international finance hub has been upended

by five months of huge and increasingly violent

pro-democracy protests, but Beijing has refused

to give in to most of the movement's demands.

Tensions have soared since the death on Friday

of Alex Chow, 22, who succumbed to head injuries

sustained during a fall as police skirmished

with demonstrators inside a car park last weekend.

The huge rally -- one of the few in recent months to obtain

police approval -- means Hong Kong has witnessed

24 weekends of protest in what has become the most profound

challenge to Beijing's rule since the 1997 handover.

Many at the peaceful and somber rally wore black.

"I want an independent inquiry because that

proves Hong Kong is still a place with rule of

law," a 35-year-old woman, who gave her surname

Wong, told AFP, echoing the movement's

core demand for an investigation into police tactics.

Wong, who said she moved to Hong Kong from the

mainland three years ago, said she also wanted to see

less confrontational tactics from hardcore protesters.

"I think non-violent ways can also win," she said.

Lawmaker

arrests

The rally came after police brought charges

against at least seven lawmakers who

now face up to a year in jail if convicted.

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Three were arrested overnight, three attended

appointments on Saturday evening

to be booked, and one refused to appear.

The charges relate to chaotic scenes that broke out

within a legislative committee

in May as pro-democracy

lawmakers tried

to stop a controversial bill

being discussed that would

allow extraditions to authoritarian

mainland China.

At the time, city leader Carrie

Lam was fast-tracking

the bill through the legislature,

a move that ignited record-breaking

street protests

in which millions marched.

"The protests that have

been going on for five months are yet to finish but

the government is already launching massive arrests

of pro-democracy legislators in collaboration with

the police," the lawmakers said in a joint statement.

Hong Kong's legislature is quasi-democratic, with

half the seats popularly elected and the rest chosen

by largely pro-Beijing committees, ensuring the

chamber remains stacked with government loyalists.

Opposition to the government comes in the

form of a small band of pro-democracy lawmakers

who win their seats in local elections.

The lack of fully free elections -- and especially

the fact that the city's leader is appointed by a

pro-Beijing committee -- has fuelled years of protests

that have culminated in the latest unrest.

Chow's death has only intensified the tinderbox atmosphere

in what has become a deeply polarised city, with

violence escalating on both sides of the ideological divide.

Although the precise chain of events leading to

his fall is unclear and disputed, protesters have

made alleged police brutality one of their movement's

rallying cries and have seized on the death.

Police have repeatedly denied any allegations

of wrongdoing in relation to Chow's death.

Vigils on Friday night saw large crowds and frequent

clashes with police in multiple neighborhoods,

including one officer firing a live warning shot.

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Upcoming local elections

The city is holding district council elections on 24 November with the pro-Beijing camp bracing for heavy defeats.

Since this summer's pro-democracy protests kicked off, voter registration has soared and

the pro-democracy camp is fielding candidates in every constituency for the first time.

But there are also concerns the elections could be called off given the spiraling violence.

On Wednesday, one of the city's most stridently pro-Beijing politicians

was wounded in a knife attack by a man who pretended to be a supporter.

That assault came three days after a Mandarin-speaking man shouting pro-Beijing slogans

knifed at least three pro-democracy protesters and bit off the ear of a local district councilor.

Pro-democracy lawmakers called for demonstrators not to give the government

an excuse to cancel the elections because of the violence.

"The district council election is a de facto referendum, in which all Hong Kong people can respond to the social problems,

the unjust governance and the police brutality triggered by the extradition bill," lawmaker Tanya Chan said on Saturday.

But further unrest seems likely given that the protest movement is largely organized online by activists who favor confrontations

with the police who are themselves responding with increasingly hardcore tactics as each month passes.

Activists have vowed to hit the streets again on Sunday and hold a general strike on Monday.

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